HC Deb 12 July 1923 vol 166 cc1582-3

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that export prices, fixed by the German Government, for goods shipped to this country are higher than the prices fixed for similar goods exported to France, Holland, and Belgium by a percentage more or less equivalent to the 26 per cent. duty imposed here by the German Reparation (Recovery) Act; and if he will make representations to the German Government which will have the effect of placing this country on the same footing as that of other countries?


I am aware that the minimum export prices fixed by the German trade control officers are in some cases higher when the goods are to be exported to the United Kingdom than when they are to be exported to certain other European countries, but the system of fixing differential export prices for different markets is by no means universal, nor, so far as I am aware, is it related in any way to the levy under the German Reparation (Recovery) Act. It is the view of His Majesty's Government that this system is in conflict with Germany's obligations under the Treaty of Versailles, and His Majesty's Ambassador at Berlin has accordingly been instructed to make representations to the German Government on the subject.